Super Bowl = Super Snub

by Daisy on February 8, 2012

in Daily Curve

I’m not sure why this news story is so confusing, but the basics seem to be as follows:

  • NBC & the NFL invite Miss Deaf America, Rachel Mazique, to the Super Bowl to sign the national anthem and America the Beautiful.
  • Organizers place Ms. Mazique nowhere near the singers, nor do the cameras ever show her signing, nor is she shown on the JumboTron so the audience can see her.
  • Ms. Mazique is not invited to stay for the game itself.

The first two are just contradictory, and the last one is insulting.

While Ms. Mazique wasn’t promised television coverage, it would make sense to at least show her signing on the JumboTron for the audience in the stadium. However, if the television viewers can’t see her and the audience can’t see her, why exactly was she invited? She traveled to Indianapolis thanks to sponsors PepsiCo and EnAble and signed both the national anthem and America the Beautiful, seemingly for nothing. Worst of all, her opportunity to share American Sign Language on a national platform seems to have come and gone.

While no one performing at the Super Bowl is guaranteed coverage, the lack of any coverage for Ms. Mazique makes you wonder why NBC and the NFL had her sponsors pay to send her there… and why she didn’t get to stay for the game.

Daisy is a lawyer married to a lawyer (insert lawyer jokes here) living in a small condo in a big city with a new baby and beagle. She breaks up the legal-speak by blogging about life in Chicago, which is filled with escapades of urban living. In the summer she enjoys patio dining and in the winter wonders what she was thinking when she moved here. You can read more from Daisy on her blog, Just Daisy.

image via Jezebel, courtesy Rachel Mazique

- Daisy

Elizabeth@Table4Five February 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

That is such an epic fail on the part of the organizers. The whole point was that deaf people at the game or watching on TV would see the anthem and the song in THEIR LANGUAGE. Not showing her on TV or on the Jumbotron just doesn’t make any damn sense!

Catherine February 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I was not happy with the way the Superbowl organizers handled things. It was pretty rude on their part and I think the organizers and NBC should give her a segment where she can sign the beautiful American song along with an apology letter.

I am deaf myself and I was not pleased with this. I was looking forward to seeing her sign before the Superbowl kickoff and was wondering why they did not show her.

Meredith February 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIL!

Wowza.

Big fat fail, NFL.

Tonya February 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm

SERIOUSLY…THE most asinine thing I have ever heard!

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